7 November 2011 Military Report

It always amazes me how fast a week can go by, and I’m reminded each week when I link to the Military.com Military Report, the best of all military benefit news from the last week.  In addition to the financial news I’m highlighting here, you can also find education, medical, shopping, and all sorts of other benefit information in each week’s Military Report.

2011 Veterans Day Discounts and Freebies – Visit the Military Advantage Blog for a list of nationally offered discounts and freebies for Veterans Day. More…

A Look at Vet Centers – Vet Centers are expanding to meet new demands for mental health care. More…

AF 2011 RIF Results – All officers not selected for retention and their immediate family members are eligible for two years base commissary and exchange privileges and will receive 180 days of post-separation medical benefits. More…

AF Hires Wounded Warriors – The Air Force has a new, five-year Plan for Increasing Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities (IwD). More…

Benefits Open to Same Sex Partners – With the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Defense Department officials have now identified a total of 14 benefits where members may designate beneficiaries of their choosing, regardless of sexual orientation. More…

Deal of the Week: Eat Free at Applebee’s – Each year, Veterans Day turns into a military reunion at Applebee’s in neighborhoods across the country. More…

Free Admission to Colonial Williamsburg – Colonial Williamsburg will be offering free weekend-long admission tickets to active-duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, and their immediate dependents. More…

Funds Assist Minot Airmen – Funding has been authorized for skilled and licensed volunteers to travel to Minot, N.D. to perform home repairs for nearly 250 Airmen who remain displaced there following historic flooding this summer. More…

Grants for Injured Soldiers – Army Emergency Relief (AER) has increased the amount of its grants to wounded warriors evacuated from theater. More…

Job Hunting? Look Beyond The Pay – When considering adding a non-military job to a family’s income, be sure to look beyond the pay to see how the job’s benefits can complement a family’s complete financial picture. More…

Military Tribute at Knott’s Berry Farm – Knott’s Berry Farm holds an annual Military Tribute offering servicemembers and veterans, and a guest, free park admission. More…

Pay Charts for 2012 – Current laws no longer guarantee that military pay will be at automatically set above civilian average pay increases. See the proposed 2012 Military Pay Charts. More…

Retirees May Lose TRICARE Prime – If Sen. McCain gets his way, retirees could be forced out of TRICARE Prime. More…

Top Discounts on Cars for Veterans Day – TrueCar has determined the biggest discounts currently available on a mix of new cars and trucks. More…

VA Encourages Small Businesses – Veteran-owned small businesses and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses are being encouraged to participate in the Federal Supply Schedules (FSS) Program. More…

Veterans Virtual Career Fair: Land a Job – The Veterans Virtual Career Fair will be held from November 14-18th and is free to our veteran community. More…

Visit the Football Hall of Fame Free – The Pro-Football Hall of Fame’s annual Veterans Day Salute, will be held on Saturday, November 05, 2011, from 09:00 AM — 05:00 PM. More…

About the Author

Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.